With physical distancing and masking still in force, Siena’s Class of 2021 celebrated their achievements with an in-person ceremony on May 30 at the Albany’s Times Union Center.

Siena awarded 818 bachelor’s degrees, and graduates were allowed to remove their masks and fist bump Siena President Chris Gibson ’86 Ph.D. while crossing the stage. 

“We felt very strongly that the entire Class of 2021 should graduate together and in person after this long pandemic year,” said Gibson. “We thank our Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs for their tireless work to plan the weekend’s activities.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D. gave a virtual address and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the College.

Sixty-nine graduate degree recipients participated in the College’s first ever master’s degree ceremony the day before on the Academic Quad on campus, in rain and what was a record cold temperature for that date.